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Reporting coach's comments to team

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Marvin Lewis dressed his team down in a "profanity-laced tirade" after the loss to the Pats Monday night:


    Now, it's pretty clear that this came in the locker room with the doors closed. Is it fair/acceptable to quote what you overhear through the wall? Would you do the same for a high school or college team?
  2. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    I would tread much, much more lightly at the high school level. When I've been on a deadline crunch, and don't have time to wait for a dawdling coach, I might quote one addressing his team in the post-game huddle (lot of visiting teams do it right there on the field).

    But, in these instances, I always make sure it's a kind of innocuous quote that isn't going to get the coach in too much trouble. I don't think we should be eavesdropping on these things, but if it helps me make deadline, it's a tradeoff I'm willing to make. As long as you don't burn them, the coaches don't seem to mind.

    At the pro level, my thoughts are: If they are yelling loud enough to be heard in a semi-public place, then it's fair game.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    The Bengals are now the Browns and the Browns are now the Bengals.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I love the name Steak Snabler.

    Sure, in colleges and pros if the coach is lighting into them, I think it's fair game. And if it's a profanity-laced tirade, you can't quote it anyway.

    In high schools, I would not. It's something that conceivably could get a coach fired and unless you are 100 percent sure it's the head coach and not some assistant M-fing the team, you best be careful.
  5. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I'm sure he knew his tirade would be heard beyond the walls. Wouldn't be surprised if he did it intentionally to get this type of message out there, seeing as his own ass will be on the line if the Bengals go nowhere this year.
  6. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    If the coach is going on such a tirade that you can hear it through the locker room walls, I would say it's fair game.
  7. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    What's that line about great minds, wicked? :D
  8. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    If it was clearly audible through the locker room walls, to me I would use it. Anyone could have heard it, so that would be public knowledge. The only thing is you have to be 100 percent sure it is actually the head coach and not an assistant. Therefore, if I was putting it in a story I would not directly give attribution to the coach, but just sum up what was heard.

    Again, this is what I would do if I were in the situation.
  9. Absolutely use it.
  10. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    it's totally acceptable. I'm sure lewis wouldn;t give a damn at this point if his team saw this reported or not.

    As far as high school, I doubt I would. I've been around postgame huddles and heard coaches rip their teams up one side and down the other. But I generally asked them about some of the stufff they said. Rarely have they minded since they were still pretty steamed.

    But if I heard it through a wall, I wouldn't quote verbatim what he said, just that he ripped them and it could be hard outside the locker room. If he wants to repeat it later, terrific!
  11. Walter Burns

    Walter Burns Member

    I quoted the coach in the huddle before. Once he said that his team beat the other team and beat the refs. He said the same thing to me in an interview afterward, and almost instantly regretted it when he saw it in print.
    Of course, this is also the coach who told me that he felt I was too happy when I came into a losing locker room (I spent a lot of time in news...after covering a killing spree in real time, a losing football game doesn't really bother me).
    Basically, I still think it's fair game.
  12. Jesus_Muscatel

    Jesus_Muscatel Active Member

    I don't know if it's the origin of the handle or not, but the late Buddy Diliberto used to occasionally refer to Kenny Stabler that way on the air in New Orleans.
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